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Capt James Riley Ramsey

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Capt James Riley Ramsey

Birth
Virginia, USA
Death 2 Oct 1887 (aged 77)
Gallia County, Ohio, USA
Burial Green Township, Gallia County, Ohio, USA
Memorial ID 74617539 View Source

Co. A 126 Reg. W. Va. S.M.James Riley Ramsey was the son of Bartholomew and Margaret (Wiseman) Ramsey, He married Jane Legg (daughter of Thomas & Elizabeth (Nutter) Legg on June 22, 1831. Jane Legg was born March 20, 1813 and died on February 7, 1889 in Nicholas County, WV. They had the following children: Thomas A., Edmund C., John R., Wesley M., Nicholas Hance, Margaret A., Wallace C., William H., Jacob K., Polina and James Clark. James Riley Ramsey was a Union man and against secession and tried to remain neutral when the Civil War broke out but when the Confederates took his property, murdered one of his sons (Nicholas Hance) & sent another son to Richmond Prison; James Riley Ramsey decided to raise a company of home guards. He was commissioned as a Union Army Captain of a company of 50 men by W. Va. Governor Frances H. Pierpont. They operated as somewhat of a guerrilla band and were a constant thorn in the side of local CSA commanders. He was nicknamed the "Wiley Old Fox" as try as the might they could not capture James Riley Ramsey.


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